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Trainer - Strength & Conditioning


E.J. Whitney  is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Sports Medicine.  EJ is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and brings great dynamic to The Smallest Winner Program. 

This will be E.J.’s seventh year involved with the Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner program. He is presently working at Turnstone as an Exercise Physiologist. EJ is very knowledgeable in training athletes as well as individuals wishing to improve over all health and wellness. For the last four years EJ has worked hard with Rick and Tina to provide The Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winners with the best strength and conditioning services in the area.

Amber Closson has been working at Spiece Fitness as a group fitness trainer for 6 ½ years, and will be starting her 6th season with the Smallest Winner program. She loves working with people of all ages, and enjoys the relationships built through the process of teaching group fitness.

She is currently certified in Group Groove, Group Step, Group Kick, and Group Centergy.  In her free time, you will find her at her dance company, Diva Danceworks, teaching children ages 2-18.  She has been dancing for over 29 years and teaching for 14 years.  She has been married for 6 1/2 years to a wonderful man named Benjamin, and has a beautiful 1 year old daughter named Emma.   She is truly excited to begin another season with the Fort Wayne’s Smallest Winner program, and can’t wait to see the results, and build true friendships.

Swimming Trainer


Amy Kohler has a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education. I currently am employed at Crossroad Children’s Home where I am the Recreation Manager. 

In addition to planning physical activities for our residents, I also supervise the pool. I am certified as a water exercise instructor through Aquatic Exercise Association which I use daily in teaching water classes at Crossroad.

I look forward to begin Season 7. I have helped with Fort Wayne Smallest Winner from the beginning with Season 1 and am very excited how quickly the program has grown. Each year brings new changes and challenges and I am eager to assist in several different capacities.

Board Member - Trainer - Saturday Run Coordinator


  • Take it all in..because when it's done, you'll wish you had every moment back. Go hard. 110%. Leave it all out on the floor. At the end, remember how you used to look and feel wben you began and ask yourself if that's where you want to be ever again?

    Shane Araujo
    Season 5

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